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ABOUT US

This section of the website describes our mission, history, contact information for our current board, current bylaws and links to minutes from our past meetings.

Dear Washington State Progressive Caucus Members and Friends,

Your executive board, working within the framework of our bylaws, has elected me to the position of Temporary Chair, due to the unexpected resignation of our former Chair yesterday. I am honored and humbled by the respect and confidence given me to lead us through the next several months until a permanent chair can be elected by the membership.

I want to assure you that our mission and direction has not and will not change. We will move forward together and continue the work we have started:

  • building a strong progressive voice,
  • standing together across the state,
  • electing progressive candidates,
  • taking progressive action on local, statewide issues.

To those ends we will go forward with our intended endorsement meeting, details to follow. We will continue to organize teams of progressive partners across the state. We will continue to work to put progressive candidates into office in the special and regular upcoming elections. We will continue to look for and organize progressive events aimed at fund raising.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your ideas, your willingness to lend a hand and any questions you may have. Together we can and will be successful.

Yours Truly,
Judith Shattuck,
Temporary Chair
Washington State Progressive Caucus

As you probably know, the Washington State Progressive Caucus endorsed Bernie Sanders for President in July 2015. In the aftermath of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, it is important for us to consider our position and role within the Democratic Party.

Bernie Sanders did not make a mistake when he chose to run as a Democrat. If Sanders had run as an Independent or as a Democratic Socialist or as a Green, he would not have made much of an impression on the political landscape. As it is he gave the anointed Party candidate a run for her money (pitting small dollar donors against Wall Street financiers), brought mainstream attention to the issue of economic inequality, and inserted progressive policy language into the Democratic Party Platform.

Looked at in this way, Bernie’s candidacy can be seen as successful even while not victorious. And if we want to continue that success we have to demonstrate that we as progressives are capable of retaining and responsibly wielding the political power and influence demonstrated by winning over 45% of the pledged delegates to the DNC. For some that will mean working with outside groups to hold the Democratic Party accountable for its actions. For others it will mean working within the Party to make it more progressive and to support progressive candidates who run as Democrats. Both choices are valid, and we should not criticize anyone for making the choice that best suits their conscience and preference of political strategy.

The ideas and ideals we are struggling for are what matter most.
As members of the Progressive Caucus, we believe that we have to move toward a society that takes care of its people and protects the natural environment in which all of us must live. It means we use government to limit the power and tax the profits of corporations so that workers are paid a living wage, treated with dignity and respect, and are not forced to work in unsafe conditions; and that companies that benefit from our public infrastructure help to pay for its maintenance. It means all members of society regardless of wealth have equal and fair access to health care, education and the ballot box.

To achieve this vision, we must elect leaders to political office at every level who share our values. Working within the Democratic Party to provide progressive candidates with the structural and financial support needed to win elections does not taint us or the candidates we support just because others within the Party bend the rules to benefit candidates who don’t share the same values. That’s why we must continue to support the candidates endorsed by the Washington State Progressive Caucus in any and every way possible between now and the November election. Electing progressives in down ballot races this year and next year will ultimately make it possible for us to elect a truly progressive Congress and President in the future.

Judith Shattuck, Temporary Chair
Washington State Progressive Caucus
The Mission of the Washington State Progressive Caucus is to build a broad coalition of progressives across Washington state to find, support and elect progressive democrats. Progressives promote people and the planet before corporate profit. We will hold all elected officials to this standard.

     Vision

  • We will make our united progressive voice heard.
  • Progressive leaders will emerge.
  • We will train these leaders for the purpose of seeking elective office.

    Strategy
  • Appoint a leader in each congressional district to build a progressive chapter in each congressional district.
  • Partner with other progressive organizations.
  • Build bridges for effective communication.

    Tactics
  • Invite partner organizations to bring their issues to our attention.
  • Inform partner organizations of our mission and priorities.
  • Help partner organizations communicate their message.
  • Celebrate dissent. Our greatest strength is our respect for our differences and diversity of opinion.


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As the largest constituency caucus in the Washington State Democratic Party, we represent a diverse group of hundreds of people who share a common goal of advancing progressive issues, values and candidates. Together, our collective voice can influence both the Democratic Party as well as local, state and federal legislation through action, education, community building and endorsements. 

There are several ways to get involved with the Progressive Caucus. All around the state people are joining us and volunteering. You can represent your local county or LD in one of our advisory councils, for up to date information you can join our facebook pages which are organized by Congressional district, and you can become a dues paying member for only $20 per year which will give you the power of the vote, collectively used to push our shared progressive values. 

We look forward to hearing from and working with you.

 


Upcoming Chair Election

The Washington State Progressive Caucus, the largest of the Washington State Democrat's constituency caucuses, will be electing a new Chair in September at the State Central Committee meeting in Seattle. We invite your participation in this important election.

Though not required, we strongly encourage all interested candidates for this position to fill out the questionnaire the Caucus uses to endorse local candidates. Completed questionnaires will be posted on our website for members to review.

The Progressive Caucus is at a turning point. It is imperative that we have staunch progressive leadership to help guide the Caucus, constituents and, indeed, the Democratic Party, toward a more equitable nation for all. Single payer health care, fair school funding, living wage jobs, racial justice, the environment and green energy are just some of the things our Caucus actively supports. Our next Chair must have the knowledge, skills, and passion required to move the progressive agenda.

Step up. The time is now.

In order to vote for our next Caucus Chair, members must be in good standing 30 days prior to the vote. The deadline is August 9. New and renewing members can go to the Join Us page for options to forward their $15.00 (prorated) dues payment.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

In Solidarity,
Judith Shattuck, Temporary Chair
Washington State Progressive Caucus


Chair Candidate Questionnaires

The Washington State Progressive Caucus began in 2005 with the gathering of progressive citizens who created the following statement of purpose. We believe that the power to govern resides with the people as expressed in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. Therefore, we pledge to encourage greater participation by the residents of Washington State in the political process. We further pledge to educate the residents of this State about progressive positions on issues that are vital to the people, and to promote unity within the Washington State Democratic Party.

These are the folks who were elected to represent the Washington State Progressive Caucus at our Reorganization meeting in January 2017. Feel free to contact any of us with your questions and/or suggestions!

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The following committees were formed during the reorganization meeting on January 17, 2015. Each committtes is chaired by an at-large member of the Executive Board. The names of the committte chairs appear in italics.

Membership/Communication - Jennifer (Gigi) Ferguson

Training - Jean Thomas, Michael Lapointe

During the reorganization on January 28, 2017, we ran out of time before we could complete our elections.  The following people were  nominated for the following committees:

Fundraising/Events
- Aryn Oster and Judith Shattuck

Technology - Matthew Woodward and Adam Peterson

We will finish these elections at the April, 2017 meeting in Walla Walla.
Bylawsof the Washington State Progressive Caucus
Approved 01/27/08

Article I Name
The name of this organization shall be the Washington State Progressive Caucus (WSPC).

Article II Purpose anObjective
We believe that the power to govern resides with the people aexpressed in the Declaration of Independencand the Constitution of the United States. Therefore, we pledge to encourage greater participation bthe residents of Washington State in the political process. We further pledge to educate the residents of this State about progressive positions on issues that are vital to the people, and to promote unity within the Washington State Democratic Party. 

Article III Membership and Dues
Section 1: General Membership
Any individual who is a Washington State registered voter and is committed to promoting progressive ideals within the Democratic Party is eligible for membership.

Click on this link to download minutes of our past meetings. They are ordered from the oldest minutes first to the most recent minutes last.